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The Star: April 12, 2018

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The Star 9 News Local News Now Latest Christchurch news at www.star.kiwi Thursday April 12 2018 Fire rages, homes at risk Gallery director repelled army • By Julia Evans EVEN THE army couldn’t break Blair Jackson’s artistic passion on the night of the February 22, 2011, earthquake. But it’s a story the new art gallery director has never spoken of publicly. “It’s not something I’ve told anybody, but I think it appears in Bob Parker’s book,” he said. Mr Jackson, who was deputy director of the Christchurch Art Gallery at the time, said he fielded a late night call from the Civil Defence controller the night of the quake. “I was at home with my family, in that same state of shock or concern that everyone was feeling,” he said. He was told the army wanted to clear artworks from an exhibition space so it could be turned into more offices. “The Civil Defence team and army were using the foyer as a base but they needed more room.” Instead of letting the army storm in, he refused and organised a team of gallery staff to take the paintings down for safe storage early in the morning. The gallery spaces had been put into lockdown after the BASE: Former Mayor Bob Parker at the Civil Defence headquarters, which was set up in the Christchurch Art Gallery following the February 22, 2011, earthquake. PHOTO: JOHN COLLIE shaking to protect the art, a lot of which was borrowed, he said. “At that time all of the doors were locked, security staff had locked down all our gallery spaces. A lot of those works were valuable and on loan to us from other institutions, they were in our care.” So he told Civil Defence, it was not going to be possible. “What I said is: ‘No we’re not prepared to do that. That’s just not a responsible solution.’ And I said I would have a team here first thing in the morning to deinstall the exhibition properly,” he said. He said that’s exactly what happened. “We took it down ourselves and it was the most sensible outcome. There’s a way to move paintings, particularly when they don’t belong to you.” •Our People, p24,25 Councillor’s notices on stop signs removed • By Julia Evans CITY COUNCILLOR Aaron Keown has been rapped over the knuckles for putting a notice on a pole holding a compulsory stop sign. Cr Keown put signs up at Harewood, Breens and Gardiners Rds, encouraging residents to submit on the city council’s Long Term Plan. But he put them at the bottom of stop signs, so the city council removed them. A New Zealand Transport Agency spokesperson said placing signs there is “not helpful” as it distracts drivers who may read the notice instead of paying attention to the stop control. “You are not legally allowed to add other signs onto road safety signs or poles for the same reason.” A city council spokeswoman said a member of the roading team took them down. But Cr Keown told The Star he still did not consider it a safety issue, it was a “long bow” to draw. “In no way could they be distracting, in fact, you’re more likely to slow down and stop for a few seconds to read them.” Youth Guarantee Free training that makes a difference. Youth don’t always fit the academic mold expected of them in the mainstream education system. Thats where Youth Guarantee programmes come in. Government funded programmes developed to make students realise their potential, give them options for the future and open their eyes to the idea that they have something worth contributing to the world. 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